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Yesterday, I arrived in Valencia, Spain for the Masorti Europe Leadership Seminar and Board Meeting. As usual, I was looking forward to seeing all of the people who work so hard to make Masorti Europe successful.
This morning, the entire group and I took a short drive for touring "Jewish Valencia" in Sagunto. We saw Jewish burial caves from Roman times, mezuzot on the doors of houses where Jews once lived, a long abandoned mikveh (ritual bath) and a hundreds year old sign marking the entrance to the Jewish quarter.
Jan 15, 2011
While the Jewish world was focusing on the divisions between Haredim and secular Jews in Israel, our worldwide Masorti/Conservative movement made its own history last week with the first seminar of the groundbreaking Kiyum Leadership Institute. 11 dynamic young leaders from the European Masorti movement came together in Israel for this unique week-long seminar to develop their Jewish knowledge, practice and understanding of Masorti Judaism as well as their understanding of and connection to Israel. Participants came from UK, France, Spain, Hungary and Israel.
Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, recently visited several Masorti Kehillot in Europe, including Dor Chadash of Budapest, Hungary.
Click here to view an album of pictures from his visit.
Pictures from Conservative/Masorti kehillot around the world celebrating Purim - March 2011 / Adar II 5771
Kehillot in North America are under the auspices of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism
Pictures from Masorti kehillot around the world taking part in FJMC's World Wide Wrap 2011 - the event teaches about and promotes putting on tefillin. Participants (or wrappers - ie. those that wrap the tefillin on their arms) also help rasie money to provide tefillin for Masorti Jews around the world who have limited access or funds to acquire their own.
More information on this event can be found at FJMC's World Wide Wrap website www.worldwidewrap.org
Masorti Olami's Earthquake Relief Fund helped Comunidad Israelita de Concepción, Chile with repairs after the earthquake in Feb, 2010.
Here are pictures of the repaired and now reopened synagogue. Click here to read about the rennovation project.
Here is a gallery of pictures from Channukah celebrations in two of our Masorti kehillot in France - Adath Shalom in Paris and Maayane Or in Nice.
At Adath Shalom, the kehillah came together on Motzei Shabbat to light the fourth Chanukkah candle, followed by a musical celebration. Members of the kehillah sang and played the piano, and Rabbi Ryvon Krygier also played a darbouka drum. The evenign concluded with donuts and traditionla Israeli folk dancing.
David Touboul is ordained at the 23rd Schechter Rabbinical Seminary Ordination Seminar - November 30, 2010
Pictures from the Ordination Ceremony of Rabbi David Touboul, along with from the Seminar on Israel-Diaspora Relations held earlier the same day. For a full report on the Ordination Ceremony go to www.masortiworld.org/molami/update35
A letter from Yizhar Hess, Executive Director & CEO, Israel Masorti Movement
Sunday, November 29, 2009
To the Members of the Masorti Movement and Its Supporters,
Last night in Jerusalem, at the conclusion of Shabbat, as I stood on the dais and looked out at the thousands of people present (well over 2,000 even by modest estimates) I could not help but feel a sense of overwhelming pride. Even as we marched from Paris Square, down Ben-Yehudah Street, on our way to Zion Square, one could already sense it in the air.
Masorti kehillot all around the world celebrated the festival of Tu Bishvat at the end of January 2010 (Shvat 5770), and sent us reports, stories and pictures from their celebrations.
Below you can find pictures from some of the wonderful Tu Bishvat seders, tree plantings and other events that took place.
Click here to read stories and reports of Tu Bishvat 5770 events in Masorti kehillot around the world.
The International Rabbinical Assembly took place in Jerusalem, Israel in the second week of February. Many rabbis were in attendance from North America as well as the rest of the Masorti World. Masorti Olami and MERCAZ Olami had two very important responsibilities for some of the programming during the week. Rabbi Tzvi Graetz presented an Educational CD on Judaism and the Environment to the entire group in attendance, distributing courtesy copies. On the Wednesday night program, Masorti Olami presented a power point presentation on Aliyah, for the Israel and Aliyah evening.
YOM HAATZMAUT SHABATON - Third Visit by Rabbi Juan Mejía.
It was with great joy that we celebrated Yom Haatzmaut, the 61st anniversary of the creation of the State of Israel, in our community dressed in appropriate festivity attire. Over the weekend we also had the honor of receiving the continued support of FJMC and the third visit of Rabbi Juan Mejia from the USA, who always takes the opportunity to share lots of information and teachings with us.